When Should Hardwood Floors Be Refinished?

You may think refinishing your hardwood floors would be an obvious choice - maybe you start to notice wear, scratches, discoloration, or even large gauges among the wood planks. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t always so obvious. Refinishing your hardwoods is, in fact, a little more complicated.


At first, you may be concerned with the cost of refinishing your floors - but, before jumping to any conclusions, let’s go over a few things to look for before making that final decision.

Amount of Traffic

With any floor - whether refinishing or replacing - the first thing to take into consideration is the amount of traffic walking on them (between kids, pets, other guests, etc.). With a higher amount of traffic, hardwoods will lose their original luster faster - but this does depend on the type of shoes (or for pets, even how long their nails are) traveling back and forth across your home.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

A New Look

Refinishing your floors is an exceptional alternative (and much less costly) to completely replacing them altogether. In fact, if you’re in the mood for a big change, you can choose a different stain color and save thousands and thousands of dollars without having to replace each plank.

How is it Done?

The best (and easiest) way to refinish your hardwoods is to hire a professional, for many reasons. First and foremost, a professional has the experience and knowledge behind them to get the job done in an efficient and effective manner. Taking on a job as big as this one by yourself is tiresome (to say the least), skip the stress and save yourself some time and go ahead and make that phone call to a professional company - like The Steam Team. We’re always happy to help!